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Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

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Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby LOLtron » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:58 am

Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Could the classic Superman supporting character be gender-swapped in the upcoming 'Man Of Steel' movie?

All signs point to yes, say hello to Jenny Olsen!



Source: Yahoo! Movies

In amongst all the casting news and interesting leaks coming out of Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman adaptation 'Man Of Steel', one famous supporting character has been missing, Superman's Pal and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen.

It looked for a long time like Jimmy wouldn't be in the movie, but it now turns out he is, just not how you may remember him.  Hell, he's not even a him anymore!

Internet super-sleuths (if such a thing can exist) have noticed that the movie's IMDB page lists actress Rebecca Buller as 'Jenny Olsen'.

Buller can be seen in this screencap from the trailer, running away from an exploding building alongside Laurence Fishburne's Perry White.

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This is not the first time this movie has diverged from the established characters from the comics, as of course, the comics version of Perry White is, well, white.

What do we think of this news? We've seen characters change ethnicity from page to screen before, such as Kingpin, and to some success, but is a gender-swap too far?

Of course, it bears mentioning that Jimmy Olsen the character has a long history of dressing up like a woman, so perhaps this is less of an exercise in demographic box-ticking, and more  of a cheeky nod to Jimmy's sordid past.

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby Punchy » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:11 am

I'm torn about this, as my avatar indicates, I love Jimmy Olsen, but the version of Jimmy that I and most others love, the one getting into wacky adventures and turning into a turtle or whatever, is not going to work in a Nolan/Snyder movie, so whether male or female, it's not really Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, it's just someone in the background to talk to Clark and Lois.

However, I don't really see the point of this, why can't Jimmy Olsen just be a guy? If they wanted another female employee to go along with Lois Lane, they could use Cat Grant or Lana Lang?

I'm fine with racial-switches like Perry White, but gender is a much bigger difference in my eyes.

Hmmm... what next, a movie Lex Luthor with hair? Oh wait...

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby Keb » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:30 am

Pretty White is black now?

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby Punchy » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:32 am

Keb wrote:Pretty White is black now?


Laurence Fishburne is Perry White, yep.

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby Mr. Log » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:34 am

It's like they're trying to distance themselves from the classic mythos as much as possible while keeping name recognition.

Keb wrote:Pretty White is black now?


Maybe not even name recognition :lol:

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby IvCNuB4 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:46 pm

Maybe it's short for Perteria ? :P
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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby DMM » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:15 pm

Keb wrote:Pretty White is black now?

No, White is pretty black now.
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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby avengingtitan » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:52 pm

This may be a worse idea then the Smallville Jimmy Olsen.
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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby IvCNuB4 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:57 pm

They initially thought about trying to make him look whiter but .....

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby bkthomson » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:36 pm

Now if they made Jimmy / Jenny a Hermaphrodite that would be really mind blowing.
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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby Keb » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:14 pm

I was so distressed about it I didn't even realize autocorrect in full effect.

Laurence Fishburne hasn't been black since Higher Learning.

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby DMM » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:16 pm

Keb wrote:I was so distressed about it I didn't even realize autocorrect in full effect.

Laurence Fishburne hasn't been black since Higher Learning.

He's [i]pretty/i] black :smt102
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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby Keb » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:17 pm

You've passed your one joke limit in this thread DMM

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Postby DMM » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:19 pm

Keb wrote:You've passed your one joke limit in this thread DMM

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Re: Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Postby IvCNuB4 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:12 am

Considering how much drag Jimmy has actually done over the years maybe DC missed a great sub-plot here :lol:

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